VW T7 PHEV Spied Lapping The Nurburgring
Volkswagen continues to work on developing the new generation Transporter and today we are bringing the first spy photos showing the plug-in hybrid version of the model. We knew it was going to happen but now we finally have the visual material to prove it.
It’s a little strange to see the passenger version of the T7 test on the Nurburgring, but even light commercial vehicles are being evaluated at high speed these days. After all, the new Transporter is expected to become one of the most popular delivery vehicles in Germany, a country that still operates sections of its national highway without speed limits.
This test prototype does not seem very different from the previous ones that we have spied on, but the load port on the right front wing is a sign that it is the PHEV variant of the people-mover. In these photos, the vehicle looks surprisingly nimble on the “Ring with minimal roll but we cannot judge its actual speed.
So what’s hiding under the hood of the T7 PHEV? The Volkswagen group currently has only one plug-in hybrid powertrain and it is the mill that powers the new VW Golf GTE. It is also used in a number of Skoda and SEAT models and should also find its place in the new Audi A3 E-Tron. It uses a 1.4 liter TSI petrol engine with 147 horsepower (110 kilowatts) supported by a 114 hp (85 kW) electric motor for a combined power of 241 hp (180 kW).
Given the transport objectives of the transporter, we think that the powertrain could be modified to offer a little more punch. Even with 295 pound-feet of torque (400 Newton-meters), the 1.4 TSI PHEV configuration generates respectable power, but the T7 might need a little more to better cope with heavy services.
According to preliminary information, we should see the new Carrier before the end of the year. It will be interesting to see if the PHEV model will be launched from the first day or Volkswagen will wait a few months before its release on the market.